Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) Press Release: Concerns with Amerindian Land Titling Project under the Guyana/Norway Guyana REDD Investment Fund (GRIF)

On Monday October 21, 2013 the Government of Guyana and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a contract for the Amerindian Land Titling Project under the Guyana/Norway Guyana REDD Investment Fund (GRIF) arrangement. This signing took place during the opening session of the Seventh Annual Meeting of the National Toshaos Council and is heralded by President Donald Ramotar as fulfilling a promise made to the Amerindian people in the PPP’s manifesto. Campaigning? According to another government official Minister of Finance Ashni Singh, the project will give Amerindians control over the lands that belong to them. The project, according to the government is to facilitate the titling and demarcation of Amerindian lands. 

Comunicado de Prensa: Un fallo judicial en Guyana viola los derechos de los pueblos indígenas

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA - Para divulgación inmediata

Una decisión judicial controvertida favorece a los mineros por encima de los pueblos indígenas, en momentos en los que el país desciende a niveles aún más bajos de doble estándares en materia de derechos humanos y desarrollo

El 17 de enero de 2013, la Corte Superior de Guyana falló a favor de un minero que tiene una concesión minera en tierras indígenas tituladas. La sentencia dictamina que los mineros que obtuvieron los permisos de minería antes de la Ley Amerindia de 2006 no están sujetos a sus disposiciones. Por consiguiente, no tienen que obtener un permiso de las comunidades indígenas antes de realizar sus operaciones en las tierras de la comunidad.

Press Release: Indigenous peoples insist on rights-based approaches and respect for traditional knowledge and practices in Rio+20 outcomes

As government representatives start formal negotiations in Brazil to seek agreements on so-called ‘green economy’ policies and to assess progress in fulfilling commitments on environment and development made at the Rio Earth Summit twenty years ago, indigenous peoples from all over the world have come together at the Rio+20 global summit to put forward their own solutions for sustainable development and to flag serious risks associated with government ‘green’ proposals.

Press Release - Guyana - Indigenous Peoples Demand Action on Land Rights, Consent Issues

At a week-long workshop on 'Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Extractive Industries and National Development Policies in Guyana' from 2-8 March 2010, the topics covered were: indigenous peoples' right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and the extractive sector, the Government of Guyana's recent Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) and REDD+ policies. Amerindian leaders shared their experiences of both public-sector and private development projects and proposals within their territories.